Hey lovers! Just in time for V-day (but really who needs an excuse for a libido, mood and energy enhancing chocolate recipe?!) I have conjured up two magical chocolate bark recipes for you.
Two years ago, my keto-fudge sex bombs were an absolute hit…(click the link if you haven’t tried them!) so I thought it was high time I shared another aphrodisiac creation or two with you. Same same, but different.
What I really love about these barks is that they are super simple to make and set pretty quickly (especially if poured into a thin layer), so that if you’re impatient like me, you won’t have to wait very long to enjoy their deliciousness! 🙂
I’ve done two different versions: one keto and one vegan. There’s something for everyone and they’re both really tasty! I tried to keep the ingredients as minimal and accessible as possible, coz some of these superfood health recipes can really add up! No need to go broke just to feel good!
The superfood, maca, which is in both barks, is where most of the libido/energy boosting magic comes from, but you can of course omit this if you can’t get hold of it. Cacao on its own is still a wonderful mood enhancing superfood – rich in magnesium and antioxidants. There’s a reason the Myans named it the “food of Gods”.
Ok enough bla-bla, I’ll cut straight to the recipes which I know you’re dying to make!
Sexy Keto Choc-Coconut Bark
This is super rich, dark and decadent… A little goes a long way. The great news is that if you’re using stevia to sweeten, it won’t spike your blood sugar… only other things. Hint hint.
- 1/4 cup coconut oil – melted
- 1/4 cup ghee – melted (can sub for more coconut oil or coconut butter to make vegan)
- 1 cup cacao powder
- 1 tbsp maca
- 4 tsp ashwaganda powder – great for stress (coz stress is very unsexy!)
- 5-10 drops of liquid stevia (or to taste) OR 1/4 cup raw honey/maple syrup or xylitol syrup WON’T BE KETO anymore though!
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla powder
- two handfuls of toasted coconut flakes
Mix all ingredients, except the coconut flakes, together in a bowl until well combined. Taste for sweetness. Then add the toasted coconut flakes. Pour into a shallow glass dish and place in freezer for about 30 minutes or until completely set. Once set, carefully cut into bite-sized chunks. Store in the fridge for up to a month.
Sexy Vegan Goji Bark
The caramel taste from the coconut blossom sugar and the malty maca flavour come out quite strong with these babies, which I totally love! The goji berries add a nice texture, as well as being known to enhance the libido. You’ll struggle to stop at one piece!
- 1/2 cup cacao butter
- 1/2 cup coconut blossom sugar
- 1/4 cup cacao powder
- 2 tbsp maca
- 1 tsp vanilla extract or powder
- dash of cinnamon
- crack of Himalayan salt
- small handful of dried goji berries
In a double boiler, gently melt the cacao butter and coconut blossom sugar. Once they’ve melted, remove from heat and stir in all the other ingredients. I like to use a whisk to remove any lumps. Then pour the mixture into a shallow glass dish or tupperware and place in freezer for about 30 minutes, or until completely set. Then cut or break into bite-szied pieces.
I hope you enjoy these decadent, sexy chocolate bark recipes! Let me know if you make them!
Hello lovely people!
I can’t believe it’s already the last week in January! Like whoa. Slow down 2020!
I have been a busy bee teaching, writing, creating… I am feeling so inspired and I just want to bring as much value as possible to all my clients and followers and anyone I actually cross paths with!
I’m also buzzing with energy, because I’m test driving a cleanse I’ve designed.It’s going to be available as part of a new transformation package I will be offering. Don’t stress if you’re not a Bespoke Body client (yet), My cleanse will also be turned it into my first e-book, so anyone, anywhere in the world can have access to it. Yay! Watch this space…
It’s been soooooo long since I’ve done a Be Inspired post, so I thought I’d get back to sharing some awesome finds, articles and other things that are exciting me or adding to my life right now. I hope they inspire you too!
So here goes…
I, like many many others, spent a few hours of this past weekend binge watching The Goop Lab on Netflix. If you haven’t watched it yet (Ya better get cracking if you want to participate in water cooler conversations at the office!) well it’s 6 x 30 minute episodes of Gwyneth Paltrow and her Goop staff trying out all sorts of weird and wonderful things. Except, these things which were once so fringe, now seem to be almost mainstream… At least they seem that way to me! Cold water exposure, mushroom journeys, longevity practices are all a part of my lifestyle. I won’t give it all away… but it’s excellent viewing and I really hope that she does another season. Like a follower said to me earlier, Gwyneth is like coriander – you either love it/her or hate it/her. I have been and will always be a devout GP and Goop fan. Boom. Done.
Ok, next up I finally got my hands on this gorgeous cookbook from Sakara babes Danielle Duboise and Whitney Tingle. It’s called Eat Clean Play Dirty and it’s full of the most beautiful plant-based recipes, as well as some wonderful nutritional and lifestyle advice.
I bought my copy on Loot, which is where I buy most of my books, especially ones that aren’t yet available in South Africa.
So we all know how amazing turmeric is for fighting inflammation in the body. What’s not amazing, is when all your kitchen equipment and your fingers and everything else is stained bright yellow! I came across this article… Hopefully next time one of these solutions will work!
Seems like half the world jumped on the #Veganuary wagon! Even though, January is almost over, I think that trying to make at least one meal a day plant-based is good for your health and the environment. If you need a little Vegan brekfast inspiration… look no further than this article on Healthyish.
I’ve said it a million times and I will keep on and on and on… Meditation. Do it. It is probably THE very best thing you can do for your mind, body and soul. Establishing a regular mediation practice has totally changed my life and I will continue to promote its benefits to anyone who will listen!
Best of all… it doesn’t cost a thing and you can do it almost anytime, anywhere, for however long you have.
Here’s a sweet little article to maybe help persuade you to start…
Ok that’s all for today folks!
Hope you’re all having a wonderful 2020 so far and I can’t wait to share more with you all soon!
Happy New Year and New Decade my lovelies!
Astrologically the energy of 2018 and 2019 was very much about unraveling, learning, healing and growth… a period of cocooning and preparation. We uncovered some hard truths, scratched at old wounds, broke down, stumbled… We also gathered new skills, up-levelled, rebuilt… It’s been a long time coming: for the world, for our tribes, for ourselves… We have reached the brink…and the time is NOW. It’s time to show up like we’ve never shown up before – authentically and passionately. There’s no more dress rehearsal. THIS IS IT!
For me that meant no more trying to juggle the film industry and Bespoke Body. It meant letting go of my career of the past 12 years. No more excuses. No more time to waste.
So here I am. Ready to “put myself out there.” Ready to fulfil my Dharma (purpose). Fully committed to serving you and ready to throw all my time and energy into all things health, fitness and wellbeing! YAY!
Many of you may be feeling the pressure of “New Year New Me” / New Year’s Resolutions / Diet diet diet / Train for the Olympics / Transform into a unicorn … I understand. I’ve been there. The New Year rolls around and you feel compelled to completely reinvent yourself in Extreme Makeover style. Please DON’T.
There’s nothing wrong with the current you. You are a magnificent divine creation. Of course there’s nothing wrong with wanting to improve oneself (hello that’s my whole business!) but there’s a right and stupid (read unsustainable) way of going about it.
What NOT to do:
Buy diet pills or teas or anything marketed as a “miracle pill”. These are usually just laxatives or diuretics or amphetamines. Any results you see won’t be permanent and you also risk dehydration and putting excessive strain on your heart and other organs. Stupid.
Commit to an unrealistic exercise regime. You risk injury and overtraining which could result in adrenal fatigue. Again stupid.
Give up everything at once. Errrrr… unless you’ve run off to join a nunnery… probs not sustainable.
Starve. Ummmm… also not very sustainable and will probably lead to an equal and opposite reaction – i.e binge eating
Obsessively weigh, measure or photograph yourself. Progress takes time. Do this once a month.
Ok so now that we’ve got what NOT to do out of the way, what should you do?
What to DO:
Set realistic and measurable goals. These are called S.M.A.R.T goals which stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. Make a list of your goals and see how they can fit into each of these criteria.
Make small changes. This applies to both eating and exercise. If you’re used to eating sugar and dairy every day, can you cut your intake in half, or swap your dairy milk to a plant based milk, or only have refined sugar on the weekend. If you’re training 3 days a week, how about adding an extra day? Maybe aim for getting 10 000 steps in every day, or taking the stairs whenever possible. Small, consistent changes add up over time. If you’re already eating pretty well, could you maybe increase the variety of plant foods you’re eating, or how about adding an adaptogen or nootropic supplement to optimise your wellbeing? If you’re already fit, how about signing up for a race or trying a new fitness class? The possibilities are endless.
Ask for help. Be accountable. Whether you announce your new wellness intentions on social media, find a fitness buddy or employ a health coach or personal trainer – having someone to encourage, educate and inspire you to stick to your goals is one of the most valuable tools for success.
SELF-CARE SELF-LOVE SELF-CARE – No matter what you’re doing, do it from a place of deep self-love. The intention and energy behind any action will determine the outcome. I know this from personal experience. When I’ve dieted and exercised from a place of self-loathing and punishment , even though I lost the weight, I was never happy and it was never sustainable. Listen to your body. Show it kindness and it will love you back. Treat yourself, take care. Self-care is not only about spa days and face-masks. Self-care can mean reading a book, doing a meditation, cooking yourself a nourishing meal or sleeping in.
Take your time. Wellness is a lifelong, constantly evolving journey. It’s not a sprint.
I hope you’ve taken something useful away from this post (or maybe you know someone who should read this!)
I wish you all the healthiest, happiest and most abundant year ever.
I can’t wait to help, inspire and be here for you.
Love and Blessings
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